August 3, 2017

Class Music Concert
My dad went for a business trip to Spain, and brought my sisters and I instruments.  He brought my one sister a harmonica, the other a recorder, and for me, an accordion.  We were so excited with our instruments!  I remembered ‘Hot Cross Buns’ from playing it on recorder in Music Class when I was in Grade 1.

I like to figure out how to play certain songs, and I listen to songs and then try to play them.  My sister TsiTsi is in Grade 1, and she learnt how to play ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the recorder.  Miss Gericke asked us to perform this together at the Class Music Concert.  We were both very nervous, but then TsiTsi said ‘once you learn it off by heart, and you get the technique right, it will be fun and easy.’

The performance was over too soon, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  We are hoping to add our sister on the harmonica and start a band!
Ratidzo Furamera – Grade 5M

Junior Music Concert
I felt quite nervous when I saw my name on the board and it was time to play.

The song I chose to play was “Arioso”, and I loved it because it’s in a singing style and I love playing the piano.

This was my third concert and I got a bit carried away with the music and made a tiny mistake but played on and no one noticed, except maybe Mrs Wessels!

Afterwards I took a bow and everyone clapped – my mom and dad clapped the loudest.
Georgia van der Walt – Grade 2S

Intermediate Music Concert
On the stage, hands trembling, heart beating fast, drumsticks in hand, ready to play, I hit the base drum.  Here we go!

On 7 July it was the Intermediate Music Concert and I was playing the drums for the first time.  It was so much fun!  I played ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and nailed it!  Herman Roslee is my drum teacher and he helped me prepare the song.

I played on the hi-hat, the snare, tom1, tom2, tom3, and the crash.  The drum starts softly in the beginning and then gets louder and louder.  My favourite part of playing in the concert was that I got to play in front of an audience!  I loved every minute!
Tayla Giles – Grade 4G

Senior Music Concert
The Senior Music Concert was not only an amazing experience, but it was an opportunity to see and enjoy everyone’s beautiful musical talents.  The morning was filled with excitement and nerves from all the musicians who were getting ready to perform.

Our Music Department has grown from strength to strength and they are doing great things and I cannot wait to see what they have planned next.
Tatiana Williams – Music Captain – Grade 7

August 1, 2017

Hockey League
The hockey season has drawn to a close and in brief, hockey was an immense success this year.  All teams, from Grade 3 to Grade 7, performed above expectation and there were some good results.   Our success can be attributed, not only to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game, but to all the coaches who indeed molded and improved the girls’ skills. Thank you for your hours of dedication.  Thank you to Mrs Howden, Mrs Dane, Miss Knight, Miss Bushell and Miss Hartmann for all their hard work they have put into hockey this term.

Another big thank you must go to the mums who helped with the teas for all our home matches.  The staff and girls really appreciate all the time everyone has put in to making the hockey afternoons at the UJ Astro run so smoothly.  Last but not least, the parents’ support and all their help with lifting – Thank you very much.

Pretoria Festival Hockey Tour
The Grade 6 and 7 teams had a very successful tour to Pretoria where they played in the annual St Mary’s tournament.  The teams stayed at the Farm Inn and all 28 players were a credit to themselves, their parents and their school.  They played exceptional hockey during the weekend, had a lot of fun and improved their hockey tremendously.  Thanks go to all the staff for their assistance with coaching and valuable input and well done to all our players and to the Grade 7 girls, you have been a fantastic team.  Keep the hockey going and  good luck in the future.

Inter-House Hockey
Results of the Inter-House Hockey are as follows:
First place – St Patrick
Second place – St Andrew
Third place – St George

Grade 2 and 3 Six-a-Side Hockey Festival
The Grade 2 and 3 hockey teams took place in a festival at Roedean on Saturday 29 July.  These teams have had so much growth and improvement in their skills and have had an exceptionally successful season.  The players enjoy the festival and are very enthusiastic for their hockey next year.  Many thanks to Mrs Dane, Ms Hartmann, Miss Knight and Mrs Howden who coached and gave up their Saturday for the teams.
Miss Mo Pearson

Inter House Hockey
Results of the Inter-House Hockey were as follows:
First place – St Patrick
Second place – St Andrew
Third place – St George
Miss Mo Pearson

Netball
Inter House Netball 2017
We have now completed our netball season with the Grade 3 to 7 Interhouse matches.

Results in the individual grades:

Grade 3
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St George
3rd         St Andrew

Grade 4
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St George
3rd         St Patrick

Grade 5
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St George
3rd         St Patrick

Grade 6
1st         St Patrick
2nd        St Andrew
3rd         St George

Grade 7
1st         St Andrew
2nd        St Patrick
3rd         St George

Overall 107 goals were scored!

Highest Amount of Goals Scored:
Grade 5 – 30
Grade 7 – 29
Grade 6 – 23

The house with the best, positive goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded) was:
Grade 5 St Andrew girls – 19 scored, 3 conceded :    goal difference of         + 16
Grade 7 St Patrick girls – 14 scored, 4 conceded:     goal difference of         + 10
Grade 4 St Andrew girls – 11 scored, 2 conceded:    goal difference of         +  9

The overall results (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw):
1st   St Andrew         14 points
2nd  St Patrick          10 points
3rd   St George           6 points
Well played to all the girls and a big thank you to all the coaches!
Miss Dot Hartmann

August 1, 2017

The Chess Team has played five matches this term, winning two.  The girls played consistently and gave their opponents a good run for their money.  The team was ably led by Ruby Jenkins (Captain) and Kate Dixon (Vice Captain), both girls being true APPS ambassadors.

The weekly practice sessions are well attended with the girls honing their skills each week.  Mrs Pengelly continues to guide each member, developing new strategies and game plans.  Her valuable input is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to Mrs Dixon and Mrs Jenkins for organising the pizza suppers for home matches, as well as to all the parents who offered transport for the away matches.
Mrs Gill Seebregts

Check Mate!  Our chess games this term were filled with fun and whispers of success.  We played against many different schools, and had mixed fortunes.  In our hearts we have won every game we’ve played.  Even though we all play separate games, we win together as a team.  This is all because of the hours we have spent sitting and thinking together in our ‘brainbox’ (Miss Sebreegts’ classroom) where we work hard to climb the ladder of chess success.  After our short matches we unite outside and eat delicious food with the other schools (APPS provides the best food).  Time flies while we play chess and we have all worked exceptionally hard to accomplish our chess goals.  Our school will always have a special place for all our thirty two chess pieces.
Ruby Jenkins (Captain) and Kate Dixon (Vice Captain) – Grade 7

August 1, 2017

The Council’s Journey
Four fantastic decades
The smiles and happiness
Never fades
With the council
by our side
We have a vision far and wide
We were given an opportunity
And donated to the community
All that council’s done
Is not only fun
But has made a tremendous
Difference to everyone
Thank you, thank you
You are all number one

Aimee Rosmarin and Yusairah Kathrada
2017 Johannesburg City Mini Councillors

August 1, 2017

On Thursday 27 July, the Grade 7 girls were lucky enough to visit the Robotics Project which is part of the Techno Lab in the Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg.  The Techno Lab is just around the corner from APPS so we decided to walk there which only took about twenty minutes.  Michael Ettershank, head of the Robotics Project, was very passionate and instructive.  We spent our time learning about programming and the importance of engineering and robotics in the modern world and how it applies to us as young women.  We were then allocated our own robots, the Africa Bots, which we programmed to do as we commanded.  After this we had an exciting robot competition using slave and master robots to get through a maze as quickly as possible.  This outing was both inspiring and educational and we felt very fortunate to have this amazing facility on our doorstep.
Frances Allen

August 1, 2017

Grade 7
Beautiful costumes, bright lights and last minute nerves.  The Grade 4 to 7 play is the biggest event of the second term.  With Mrs Levin writing the script and directing, and Miss Gericke organizing the music, the production is bound to be a success every year.

The long hours of practice finally paid off when the play arrived.  Those days of staying after school, as well as the Saturdays we spent practicing, definitely seemed worth it when that loud applause was heard.  This play was amazing and gave us a chance to show our hidden talent and become the character, plus it was a great excuse to get out of lessons!

Thank you so much to Mrs Levin and Miss Gericke for such an amazing play.
Lubanzi Gwala and Alaesun Hoffman-Lee

Grade 6
With a last, final brush of blush, I’m whisked away to the excitement of backstage.  My cue line is said, and I walk into blinding stage lights.  I sweep the stage with my old broom as a French sweeper, then we all sing our song ‘Bonjour’!
Zoë Ireland

Grade 5K
Our play Beauty and the Beast was amazing. I loved being a candle stick and a clock for the song, Change. It was hard work but it was worth it. The main parts played by the grade sevens were really good. Everyone that came to watch the play said it was amazing. I had lots of fun taking part in this production, and I’m sure everyone else did too.
Eva Eicker-Harris

Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test, the grade fives all sang happily on the play nights. Some of us were candelabras, cutlery, napkins, clocks, feather dusters, salt and pepper shakers, cups and saucers. We were all very excited and it was hard for us to keep quiet when we were waiting to go on stage. Mrs Levin and Ms Gericke thought we were amazing and made us feel really good about our performance. My favourite characters were Belle and the Beast because they were so enthusiastic and had lots of expression. My favourite scene was when we had to fight with the grade sixes in the village scene. It was slo fun bringing the whole play together. The comments about the play have been very positive and everyone said it was amazing. I enjoyed performing on stage.
Rachael Mang’ana.

Grade 5M
There was a lot of excited energy as we were getting ready for the show.  It was intense and everyone was absolutely terrified.  Out of everyone, I think I was the star of the show!  We stepped onto the stage, and with our exquisite faces, brilliant dancing and singing, we caused the audience to erupt with laughter.  Although it was nerve wracking, I loved my time on ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Romy Day

We were finally ready for the dress rehearsal, although we were all stuck in an emotional state.  Just before we went on, we were nervous and scared.  With a deep breath, we arrived on stage, and what we thought would be brilliant, turned to disaster.  Our head pieces started clashing together, some fell on the floor; others fell onto people’s hands.  Luckily, when the first real performance came, we had a chance to redeem ourselves and we invited everyone to ‘Be our Guest’.
Emma Van Rensberg

Grade 4B
Our school play was magnificent.  We first started off with our book characters’ song and then went on with our machine.  I loved it because of the UVI lights.  The first time we did it, it was quite scary but then we got used to it.  I think we all did a great job and had an amazing time.
Liya Adam

The play was absolutely awesome!  I loved doing the machine with the UVI lights.  I was a musician and it was so fun making all the sounds of the machine.  In our second part we were book characters from the books in the library, it was so wonderful being all dressed up and with make-up on.  It was an amazing experience, I can’t wait for next year!
Megan Peters

Grade 4G
The Grade 4 to 7 classes did a school play, ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  It was such fun for all of us.  We, the Grade 4’s were Belle’s father’s machine.  We were also the book characters.  I was Pinocchio.  The play was amazing.  Alaesun was Beauty and Lubanzi was the Beast.  We were all so tired from the play, but we got pizza and hot chocolate after every performance.  I enjoyed the play so much but I was happy to go home and take off all my make-up and jump into my bed.  If you did not go to the play, you missed out.  That is my overview on the play.  I absolutely loved it!
Amber Doran

August 1, 2017

Girls were buzzing around the classroom like bees, setting up and looking for their partners.  I was very nervous, as I put a lot of effort into my project.  When the judges walked through the door, I looked around and everyone’s faces turned very serious, but everyone enjoyed the fair and had a blast!
Shayna Doolabh

Our grade were running around screaming, freaking out and becoming hysterical on the day of our Science Fair.  We discussed our Science Project last, and it was terrifying when the judge walked nearer but afterwards, it felt like heaven to finally be done!
Emma Proudfoot

August 1, 2017

Grade 2S
One day me and my class walked to the music classroom.  Our music teacher Miss Borthwick showed us a video of the ‘PJ Jam Song’.  In a few more weeks we had learnt a few poems and another song.  We practised them again and again until the day came.  Everyone was wearing PJ’s except some of the teachers.   When we got on stage I was so excited.  We sang, we danced and we talked.  When we walked out I couldn’t say bye to my mom because she had already left.
Georgia van der Walt

Our play was about dreams and we had to wear our PJ’s.  We did songs and I did the prayer with Jamie and we all loved it.  Our music teacher Miss Borthwick taught us lovely songs.  We sang ‘PJ Jam’.  One of the songs was called ‘I have a dream’.  I’m wearing PJ’s today and it is PJ Day.  The whole school had to wear PJ’s.  Today I wore my bear bear onesy, it is so fluffy and sweet.  It’s white in the middle and grey on the hood and ears.  My dream was for there to be no robbers in the world.  Another poem was snowball.  Miss Seebregts and Miss Witbooi helped and taught us the poems.
Jessica Buxton-Forman

This morning was our Grade 2 assembly.  I was so excited.  First we said our ‘Snowball’ poem, then we sang our pyjama song.  Then we said our dreams for the world and we sang ‘I have a dream’.  Then Mahdiyya said our dreams for the school.  Last but not least Hannah said our dreams.
Lilitha Masinda

Grade 2W
On Pyjama Day when the whole school wore pyjamas to school the Grade 2 girls did an assembly on ‘Dreams’.

I loved being on stage.  I loved everything especially when I spoke and the song we sang ‘The Pyjama Jam!’  After our assembly if mom or dad was there we could go and say ‘hi’ and show them our Owls. They had to go home, I said ‘bye’.  I went straight to class because we had a test.
Nicola Thomas

My favourite thing was the song ‘I have a dream’ and doing our dreams, mine was ‘I wish I could dive 25 meters deep in the ocean!’  It was a lot of fun!  The end part was very exciting.  It was a very amazing show.  But it was very, very fast to me.  And we said poems for example: ‘Let no one steal your dreams’ and ‘Dreams’ and ‘Snowball.  I loved the play and in the end it was a great success.
Philippa van der Walt

August 1, 2017

The Grade 0 Braai was a huge success!  Our girls did a fabulous concert and just loved performing for their special guests.  After the show they enjoyed a delicious boerewors roll with their dads.  What a memorable celebration for our Grade 0 girls.

The girls have been very busy doing chores around the house in order to earn money which was used to buy items for a charity.  On Mandela Day, the Grade 7 and Grade 0 girls walked to Campus Square and bought the items themselves.  We were lucky enough to stop off for a milkshake too!

The Grade 0 girls are currently practising their songs and poems for the Women’s Day Picnic.
Miss Carrie Strauss – Grade 0S

June 22, 2017

Ascension Day
We went to The Ridge School to celebrate Ascension Day.  Hymns filled the air and the sound of music floated everywhere.  Mr Stanley talked to us about what Ascension Day means, he always finds a fun and creative way to explain things.  This year he talked about his grandmother and a painter, the painter got to know the woman instead of just painting her.  Mr Stanley taught us that there is beauty inside and out.  This was a wonderful day where we all came together and sang hymns and learnt about the true meaning of Ascension Day.
Ruby Jenkins